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Award-winning folk trio The Young’uns on tour performing ‘The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’, a suite of songs inspired by the International Brigades and named after the International Brigader who, like the group itself, hail from Stockton-on-Tees. Dates include:

 

Artist Sonia Boué in converstaion about her exhibition ‘¡Buenos DíaDictador!’ on exile and the Spanish Civil War; 3pm at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ; the exhibition runs until 17 February with opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. See

‘549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War’, a new play by Wonder Fools, with stories and songs about the 549 Scots who volunteered to fight fascism in Spain; 7.30pm at Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow G5 9DS; tickets £12 from www.wonderfools.org/549

‘549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War’, a new play by Wonder Fools, with stories and songs about the 549 Scots who volunteered to fight fascism in Spain; 7.30pm at Prestonpans Town Hall, High Street, Prestonpans EH32 9JW; tickets £11/£8.25 from www.wonderfools.org/549

Unveiling of a memorial to the 12 International Brigade volunteers from Wigan; 12pm-1pm at Southside Gardens (between Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1YN and Wigan International Swimming Pool). Followed by a reception at the Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1NU, including speakers, exhibition, buffet and music from Joe Solo and the Bolton Clarion Choir.

The Battle of the Ebro remembered; speaker: Rab O'Donnell, with contributions from Iain and Sandra Trotter and a film screening; 7pm at the Tam O'Shanter Inn, 113-117 Queensberry Street, Dumfries  DG1 1BH. More information: stuart.hyslop1@hotmail.co.uk

Annual re-dedication of the Manchester International Brigade memorial and commemoration of the Battle of Jarama, commencing at 11am and lasting about an hour inside Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB. All IBMT members, trade unionists and labour movement activists are invited to attend.

‘Ocho’, a play about the eight Hull men who joined the International Brigades and the women they left at home. Written by BAFTA award-winning Jane Thornton, with music by Dave Rotheray (The Beautiful South), and performed by the Spotlight Ensemble of Archbishop Sentamu Academy at the Archbishop Sentamu Academy Theatre, 1 Bilton Grove, Hull HU9 5YB, starting at 7.30pm.

An evening to honour the International Brigades, including songs, poems and a talk by Nina Londragan on the Aberdeen International Brigaders and their links to the two world wars, with a welcome from the Lord Provost and an introduction by Tommy Campbell, chair of the Aberdeen 15th International Brigade Committee; 6.45pm at Aberdeen Town House Council Chambers, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AR, followed by music hosted by Unite the Union at The Rusty Nai

Commemoration of the 80th anniversary of  the Battle of Caspe in March 1938 during the retreat through Aragón in which the British Battalion and other International Brigade units came under sustained attack. The programme of events, which is being organised by the local history group Asociación Bajoaragonesa de Agitación y Propaganda, has yet to be announced. See:

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